SEVERNA PARK, MD., NOV. 9 -- Severna Park won the Anne Arundel County 4A league title with a 34-20 victory over Annapolis tonight.

The only question remaining for the Falcons (7-2 overall, 7-0 in the league) is whether they will make the state playoffs. It doesn't look good. League rival Old Mill, which lost to Severna Park, 21-13, this year, clinched the Region IV title by beating Glen Burnie tonight, 16-7. The Falcons now must hope they can finish in the top eight in points; they were 10th coming into this game.

"We're the county champs, now we see where the dust settles and see where it goes," Severna Park Coach Andy Borland said. "We haven't been beaten {in the league} and we're the best team in the county."

The key to the Falcons' victory was their offense, which was anchored by running back John Jennings, who ran for 140 yards on 25 carries. He has 1,264 yards for the season.

"Our line did a great job," Jennings said. "Coach has been telling them that the Annapolis line was real strong."

Annapolis Coach Roy Brown said the Severna Park offense did what it pleased.

"They ran right over us," Brown said. "This is the best team we've played all year. They ran whatever they wanted. We just couldn't stop them."

The Falcons had the game in hand on a one-yard touchdown run by John Novak as time ran out in the third quarter. The score put Severna Park up, 27-12, and the drive that led to the score ate up the final eight minutes of the quarter.

The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

At first, it looked like it was going to be a high-scoring affair.

Annapolis (5-5, 5-2) took the opening kickoff, marched 58 yards and scored on a 14-yard pass from Darryl Foote to Pat Ellis. Foote's pass on the conversion attempt was overthrown.

Behind the consistent running of Jennings, Severna Park came right back with a touchdown. Foreman scored on a quarterback sneak from two yards and the extra point gave the Falcons a 7-6 lead.

Severna Park increased the lead after Eric Brown recovered a fumble by the Panthers' Mario Dominick at the Annapolis 23. Jennings scored two plays later from the 18.

The Panthers closed to 14-12 with 11:47 left in the half on a 33-yard pass from Foote to Ahmed Middleton.

A nine-yard run by Aaron Cree with time running out in the first half put Severna Park up 21-12 at halftime. Annapolis (5-5) 6 6 0 8 20 Severna Park (7-2) 14 7 6 7 34

A -- Ellis 14 pass from Foote (pass failed)

SP -- Foreman 2 run (Anderson kick)

SP -- Jennings 18 run (Anderson kick)

A -- Middleton 33 pass from Foote (pass failed)

SP -- Cree 9 run (Anderson kick)

SP -- Novak 1 run (pass failed)

SP -- Cager 6 run (Anderson kick)

A -- Middleton 9 pass from Foote (Evans pass from Foote)